In Defence of War

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Author: Nigel Biggar

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019967261X

Category: Law

Page: 361

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Pacifism is popular. Many hold that war is unnecessary, since peaceful means of resolving conflict are always available, if only we had the will to look for them. Or they believe that war is wicked, essentially involving hatred of the enemy and carelessness of human life. Or they posit the absolute right of innocent individuals not to be deliberately killed, making it impossible to justify war in practice. Against the virus of wishful thinking, anti-militarycaricature, and the domination of moral deliberation by rights-talk In Defence of War asserts that belligerency can be morally justified, even while it is tragic and morally flawed. Recovering the earlyChristian tradition of just war thinking, it argues in favour of aggressive war in punishment of grave injustice; that morality can justify military intervention even in transgression of positive international law (e.g., Kosovo); that love and the doctrine of double effect can survive combat; that the constraints of proportionality are sufficiently permissive to sanction Britain's belligerency in 1914-18; and that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was justified.

In Defense of Dharma

Just-war Ideology in Buddhist Sri Lanka

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Author: Tessa J. Bartholomeusz

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780700716814

Category: History

Page: 209

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This is the first book to examine war and violence in Sri Lanka through the lens of cross-cultural studies on just-war tradition and theory. In a study that is textual, historical and anthropological, it is argued that the ongoing Sinhala-Tamil conflict is in actual practice often justified by a resort to religious stories that allow for war when Buddhism is in peril. Though Buddhism is commonly assumed to be a religion that never allows for war, this study suggests otherwise, thereby bringing Buddhism into the ethical dialogue on religion and war. Without a realistic consideration of just-war thinking in contemporary Sri Lanka, it will remain impossible to understand the power of religion there to create both peace and war.

In Defence of Democracy

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Author: Antoni Rovira i Virgili

Publisher: PUBLICACIONS UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA i VIRGILI

ISBN: 8484242080

Category: Political Science

Page: 140

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In 1930, Antoni Rovira i Virgili published In Defence of Democracy, a book which is as relevant today as ever, given our current political and social circumstances. It reveals its author to be deeply acquainted with and full of insight into the political theory and philosophy of his time. In coming to the defence of democratic values at a time when autocratic styles of government had a growing appeal, Rovira i Virgili’s intelligence and premonition are impressive. This book will surely appeal to anyone interested in politics and public life.

The German Army and the Defence of the Reich

Military Doctrine and the Conduct of the Defensive Battle 1918-1939

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Author: Matthias Strohn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521191998

Category: History

Page: 277

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Exploration of the development of military theory and doctrine in the German army between the wars.

In Defence of Conspiracy Theories

With Examples from Irish and International History and Politics

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Author: Brian Nugent

Publisher: Brian Nugent

ISBN: 0955681227

Category: History

Page: 384

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This book is an attempt to address the widespread criticism of 'conspiracy theories', raising issues like: the control and negligence of the main organs of the media and police which make it difficult for true information to reach the public (and hence the public remain in ignorance of - and dismiss as a 'conspiracy theory' - the true facts); and the public's habit of underestimating the complexity of modern day politics. A number of complex political plots and allegations are described in detail including: the 1641 Rebellion, British Intelligence manipulation of the 1919-21 Irish leaders, Secret Societies and the role of Occult organisations in Ireland and around the world, the allegations that Martin McGuinness is a British agent, and the motivation behind large scale immigration into Ireland. The author also addresses the question of value systems in modern Western societies and asks are even these being manipulated in order to assist the process of political control.

In Defence Of History

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Author: Richard J. Evans

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847087906

Category: History

Page: 384

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The classic explanation of the craft of history and the vital worth of historians to civilization In this volume, English historian Richard Evans offers a defence of the importance of his craft. At a time when fact and historical truth are under unprecedented assault, Evans shows us why history is necessary. Taking us into the historians' workshop to show us just how good history gets written, he demolishes the wilder claims of postmodern historians, who deny the possibility of any realistic grasp of history, and explains the deadly political dangers of losing a historical perspective on the way we live our lives.

The Rights of War and Peace

Including the Law of Nature and of Nations

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Author: Hugo Grotius

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: International law

Page: N.A

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